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- Posted on Aug 11th 2010 9:30AM by Matt Glazebrook
The parody clip, which features unsigned rapper Alex Warren paying tribute to Welsh rarebit while singer Terema Wainwright mimics Keys' Times Square piano performance via a Yamaha keyboard propped up on a park bench in the Welsh city, was produced by videomaker MJ Delaney and amassed over two-and-a-half million YouTube hits, even earning a mention on ITV News.
The tune also inspired an answer song -- 'Newport State of Mind (You're Not From Newport)' -- from Gwent natives and everyone's previous favourite Welsh comedy rappers Goldie Lookin' Chain, which points out that many of the tune's references ('Craig Bellamy,' 'the Welsh Assembly,' 'Shirley Bassey,' 'Gavin Henson,' 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch') aren't exactly Newport-specific.
However, EMI have failed to see the funny side of lines like, "Chips, cheese, curry make you feel brand new / washed down with a Special Brew" and demanded the video hosting site to remove the offending clip.
"When a song is created based wholly on any of our writers' works, those writers need to grant their permission," a spokesperson told the BBC. "If that permission isn't granted, then we ask the service in question to remove the song."